Tuesday, December 10, 2013
This semester (as I have already said) has been filled with many “lasts.” Since Liberty does Christmas BIG I have had quite a few “lasts” in the past few weeks. So I decided to combine them all into one blog big of all the different things I’ve experienced the past few weeks.
1. Thanksgiving Break. When people think about Thanksgiving they think, being with the family all bundled up in cold weather. Well this year I didn’t get any of that because I used my frequent flyer miles to go visit my best friend in Southern California. So my Thanksgiving was filled with sunshine and celebrating the holiday with new and old friends
2. Tree Lighting. A new tradition at Liberty that started since I came here is the tree lighting ceremony in front of DeMoss Hall. Becki Falwell (President Falwell’s wife) loves Christmas so this was her little project to make Liberty seem more like home for the Holidays. There was a huge crowd who came out and it was fun to take time away from school to enjoy this fun activity.
4. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. What’s the Christmas season without ugly sweaters! This semester quite a lot of my friends are graduating so we had a fun Christmas party the night before reading day. Who doesn’t love good food and good fellowship before finals kick in.
3. Christmas Convocation. This is probably one of the hardest events to describe through writing. Christmas Convocation is filled with singing Christmas songs and making fun of all the silly things Liberty students do (and also the faculty). Campus band always has a funny video and students are always laughing hysterically. So if you want to know what this is all about, I guess you’ll just have to become a Liberty student (a.k.a the most awesome students).
4. Christmas Coffeehouse. This year I was one of the unfortunate students who completely forgot to get a ticket and the event sold out 3 days beforehand. So I shamelessly put up on a “free and for sale” Facebook page that I was looking for a ticket. Within an hour I had a student comment saying he had a ticket. I then messaged him asking how much he wanted for the $3 ticket thinking he was going to say $10+. He then responded…FREE because he wanted to spread Christmas cheer to students like myself who were not so smart. So thank you William Nott for blessing me this Christmas season!! Oh and check out this Hilarious video from Coffeehouse!
5. Fall Semester Finals. Now this is probably my favorite last, why you ask? Because that means I only have one more semester and one more finals week left in my college career. This was probably my hardest finals week because it meant the difference in a letter grade in most of my classes.
Overall this semester has had its ups and downs. I’ve had moments where I’ve been extremely happy and then there have been moments of just wanting to be done with school. I am so thankful though to be at a place where no matter what my circumstances, I am pointed to Christ and I’m always growing in every season. I hope you all have an amazing Christmas and you get to celebrate the true meaning for the season. I’ll be back in January for my LAST semester at Liberty, so incredibly bittersweet.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013
One of the most important questions to ask when going to college is: How am I going to pay for this? The majority of college students nowadays are taking out student loans which means that when we graduate we have to begin to pay it off. As I’ve mentioned before, I was originally planning on going to a big state school before God changed my plans and brought me to Liberty. When I received my financial aid package from Liberty, it was close to $10,000 cheaper/year for me to attend Liberty. However I will be honest, I do have some student loans I will need to pay off when I graduate. So I’m sure you’re think, Lizzy this is boring, why are you telling us this?! Well keep reading to find out…
As my last semester is approaching and I’m going to begin to pay off my student loans (as quickly as possible!) I wanted to get some help with how to do that. The answer was put right in front of me in last week. Liberty offers a free course called Financial Literacy based off of The Lampo Group (founded by Dave Ramsey). This course will teach all about how to live within one's means, budgeting, and working to achieve financial stability. Not many other schools would be this invested in student’s futures to offer this kind of a course but I am so thankful that Liberty cares!
Two of the best convocations I've heard occurred in the past week and that was with Dave Ramsey and then his daughter Rachel Cruze. They both gave such great talks about money and Rachel gave such practical advice to students about managing their finances. If I could leave one thing with you that she told us that is to search for scholarships!! Yes it takes time but it will save you so much money if you are awarded one! Check out the videos below for their convocation talks!
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
This past weekend was one of the best and busiest weekends I’ve had in a long time (very different from last weekend)! A bunch of my friends who graduated in May were back for their first homecoming since graduation. Since it was only for the weekend, we tried to pack way too much into two days. For any alumni out there, here’s a quick recap of just a few things you could be a part of next year!
We started Friday off by heading to convocation where we got to hear from Liberty’s new softball coach, Dot Richardson. Talk about one outstanding woman who loves the Lord and has been given so many talents.
That evening we headed to the Liberty vs. Davenport Hockey game with a group of our friends. That was definitely one of the most intense games I’ve seen at Liberty and we all had a fun time catching up on life (usually what girls do at sporting events, lets be honest). After the game we stopped by for the end of the homecoming bonfire and drank hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows. We headed to bed early that night because we had a early morning ahead of us!
Remember a few weeks back when I said that as long as I was healthy I would be running in the Deep Hollow 5k. Well, I was healthy so therefore I ran! A group of 11 of us girls decided to run this together and we had a blast. It was straight up hill the first 1.5 mile and then straight downhill the second half. My official time was 35:39 and I was extremely happy with that time since it was my very first 5k race! Not sure if I’ll ever run a trail race again but I’m definitely going to keep training because I have a new found passion for running!
We all quickly went home and got ready for the big rivalry football game against Coastal Carolina. Last season, several of my friends and I would go to the game about 2 hours early to get good seats and we continued the tradition this year. It was great to be right up with the action again. Unfortunately we lost the game in double overtime but we had a great time being together cheering on the Flames!
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Thursday, October 24, 2013
The Lazy Weekend…
Every once and a while God will bless (yes I said bless) us with a rainy weekend. Now to some this might sound like the worst thing possible but for me it meant, CHILL weekend. I’m not very good at taking it easy because I never want to miss out on the hustle and bustle of college life.
So here’e your play-by-play of my super exciting (not) weekend. On Friday night I went to the hockey game with friends, which was a blast. Even though we didn’t win it was great to be back in the hockey atmosphere! Afterwards we headed over to the Jacuzzi’s at the aquatic center to relax and then I went to bed early (very much needed long night of sleep). On Saturday I got a good workout in and then treated myself to a much needed relaxing pedicure. On Sunday I went to church, came back and took a 3-hour nap, I wasn’t lying when I said I had a lazy weekend. So there’s a snapshot of a very low-key but oh so enjoyable weekend here at Liberty!
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Throughout the 3+ years I’ve spent at Liberty, we’ve had some big name speakers in Convocation. We’ve had huge names like Donald Trump, Tim Tebow, Kirk & Candace Cameron, John Piper, Mike Huckabee and the list goes on. This past week Liberty added to the list of incredible speakers by bringing in Duck Dynasty star, Willie Robertson. The line outside of the Vines center at 9am (1 hour before Convo even started) was so long!
This past summer my family watched all of the seasons of Duck Dynasty and I’ve never seen my dad laugh this hard in his entire life. I love that this family has created one of the leading reality shows, simply by sharing about their love for Jesus, their family and duck calls.
Willie had one of the best Convocation messages I’ve heard because of how real he was with students. The Robertson family is not ashamed of sharing their story and where they came from. It’s amazing to see a family stick to their values even when they became very famous. I only wish Willie would have brought Uncle Si with him to Liberty!
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
If you haven’t already realized, when Liberty does something, our motto is “Go big or Go home.” After being at Liberty University for a few years it’s definitely true. Whether it’s building 20 new buildings at one time, bringing in top speakers, or putting the letters LU on the side of the mountain… We go all out! This past year Liberty partnered with Kirk Cameron and released the movie Unstoppable. One of the perks of being a Liberty student is that we got to go to the movie premiere in the Vines center for FREE (no big deal)!Posted at 8:07 AM | Comments (0) | Permalink
Friday, September 20, 2013
I’m pretty sure I have found the best ice cream within a 40-mile radius of Lynchburg! This ice cream place is called Monkee Joes. I was a little hesitant to tell everyone about it on the blog but I will not be selfish because it’s too good not to share! My favorite flavor of their ice cream is the mint chocolate chip but a lot of people really like the cappuccino crunch! The best thing about the Lynchburg area is all of the hidden gems and I definitely just let you in on one of the best-kept secrets! Here are some fun pictures from when I went there last week with friends!
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Last weekend student activities hosted the Camp Hydaway grand opening. You’re probably wondering, “What in the world is Camp Hydaway?” Liberty recently added a new facility with a Student Center, Outfitter, Lake, Beach Area, Challenge Course, ATV Track, and Campsites. Students can rent (FOR FREE!) Mountain Bikes, Canoes, Kayaks, Fishing Poles w/ a tackle box, Camping Equipment, Sleeping Bags, Tents, Tarps, Camp Stove &. Camp Chairs. How cool is that?!
The morning of the grand opening there was a team Adventure Challenge that some of my friends participated in. The challenge consisted of kayaking, running, an obstacle course and a log carry. Talk about intense! Here are some photos of everything they did for the challenge!
Speaking of challenge, somehow my roommates have convinced me to run the Deep Hollow 5K in October. So as long as I’m healthy I will be running (probably walking some of it!). So check back in October to see if I did it!Posted at 4:01 PM | Comments (0) | Permalink
Monday, September 16, 2013
If you’ve followed my blog the past two years then you know how big of a Liberty Flames football fan I am! Our first game of the season was an away game against Kent State. Although we didn’t win, (final score 10-17) we were leading for a majority of the game. The Athletics department held a student watch party in the Vines center and over 1,000 students came out. I decided to head over and support the Flames with a sweet new friend of mine. My friend Curtissa, is the biggest Liberty fan you will meet!!
This past weekend was our very first home game and of course I was there early, I wore red and I sure was loud! Since I am now a commuter student, I decided to attend the commuter tailgate beforehand. They had lots of food, bouncy castles for kids, corn hole, snow cones and other fun things to do. The game against Monmouth University was so good, especially because we WON (final score 45-15)! It seems like every year the student section gets louder and louder. I can’t wait until we move up to FBS! Here are a few pictures from the day!
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013
If you can’t already guess from the title of this blog this semester so far has been incredibly busy! I thought that by senior year I would have everything figured out and the transition back to classes would be smooth sailing! However, sometimes the crazy express comes along and you just have to jump on board.
The transition back to school was a little rocky this semester. As most students experience when they return from summer break, the pace of life speeds up significantly. All of the sudden I had to juggle classes, work, going to Convocation, Spiritual Emphasis Week, my internship, meeting new people, reconnecting with old friends, and for those of us who are fortunate enough- getting the flu! Talk about a lot going on.
Now you’re probably thinking, “that honestly doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, if college is like that then I don’t want to be a part of it!” Well let me give you a little insight as to why this really is the best time of my life…
The best thing about being at Liberty is that your closest friends are the one’s who will rally around you and pray. Students at Liberty are some of the most selfless people you will find. An example of that: Two of my best friends who graduated from Liberty decided to drive down from Pennsylvania just to hang out with me for the night and then drove back the next day.
The best thing about Liberty though is the constant spiritual encouragement and guidance you will find. Teachers open up every class with prayer and if there’s something that is really weighing on your heart they will always take time to pray with you. It’s not uncommon to see students praying on campus together. I am so thankful to be at a Christian University, on the tough and the great days of life!